16-year-old youth lynched by group in Champhai district of Mizoram Credit: File image

Aizawl: A 16-year-old student was allegedly beaten to death by a group of boys in Khawzawl town in south Mizoram’s Champhai district bordering Myanmar, police said.

The victim was camping in the town to appear in the ensuing High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) or Class X examination conducted by the Mizoram Board of School Education.

The incident occurred around 5 pm on Sunday when a group of boys, numbering around 8, allegedly attacked the victim while he was spending leisure time with his friend at a park, the police said.

Soon after the incident, the victim was rushed to Khawzawl hospital where he succumbed to his injuries an hour after the incident, they said. Police said that at least 8 prime accused, six of them minors aged between 14 and 16, have been arrested in connection with the incident. They were sent to Champhai and remanded in police custody on Sunday night, they said.

Investigation is on to ascertain the cause of the incident and find out any other people involved in the lynching, a senior police officer said. The victim’s body was sent to his native village for funeral on Monday after post-mortem, he said.

Meanwhile joint Young Mizo Association (YMA) of Khawzawl vehemently condemned the incident and demanded stringent punishment against the accused.

State’s apex student body Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) also strongly condemned the lynching and said such incident should not be repeated in the future.

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